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Sabin College Faculty Biographies

Mark Hughes
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Mark Hughes grew up on Long Island in New York, the youngest of six children. He now lives in Towson with his wife, two dogs, and cat. He is a clinician-educator in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins and a core faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.  He received his B.A. in philosophy at the University of Virginia, his M.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and his M.A. in philosophy with a concentration in bioethics from Georgetown University. Following residency training at the University of Rochester, Dr. Hughes completed a HRSA fellowship in Primary Care Research in the bioethics track at Georgetown. He now divides his time between clinical care, research in ethics and end of life care issues, and education of medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty. 

In the School of Medicine, Dr. Hughes is a core faculty member of the Florence R. Sabin College, advising medical students from all classes and teaching clinical skills to first year medical students. He is a preceptor in the Longitudinal Clerkship, where he is paired with a first or second year student as they have their outpatient clinical experience. For several years, he has served as a preceptor in the Master Clinician program, which gives pre-medical, undergraduate students an opportunity to shadow experienced clinicians as they see patients.

Dr. Hughes is co-developer and associate editor of the Internal Medicine Curriculum on the Internet Learning Center, an Internet-based curriculum used by over 50 residency programs across the country. Dr. Hughes has served as a lecturer and facilitator in the Faculty Development Program course Curriculum Development, helping to oversee the development of several curricular projects at Johns Hopkins. He is also co-editor of and contributor to the book Curriculum Development for Medical Education: A Six-Step Approach Second Edition.

Dr. Hughes is the director of the course REWards, Research Ethics Workshops about responsibilities and duties of scientists, aimed at investigators performing human subjects research in the School of Medicine. He also directed the predecessor course, CORE, the Course on Research Ethics, which was mandatory for all School of Medicine faculty and fellows who conduct human subjects research.  He is co-developer and co-director of the course, Introduction to Research Ethics, for graduate students in the School of Medicine. He is also a lecturer on research ethics for the Research Coordinator course in the School of Nursing.

As a core faculty member of the Berman Institute of Bioethics (the BI), Dr. Hughes is involved in several programs.  He is a member of the Research Ethics Achievement Program (REAP), which is a part of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR); REAP pursues scholarship on topics related to translational research, provides education to members of the research community, and offers a research ethics consultation service (RECS) to researchers at Hopkins. He was a member of the now defunct Program on Research Ethics (PRE), which explored scholarly issues in human subjects protections at both the institutional and national levels. His work in research ethics has included serving as an alternate member on the JHM IRB and coordinating an educational experience for the IRB members in the School of Public Health.

In his work on clinical ethics at the Berman Institute, Dr. Hughes is a member of the Program on Ethics in Clinical Practice (POECP), in which the BI provides ethics training for Hopkins’ graduate and undergraduate medical education.  Starting in 2005, he was awarded a Blaustein Scholarship through the BI to conduct empiric research and develop curricula in clinical ethics.  Dr. Hughes collaborates with other POECP faculty to deliver clinical ethics education in the departments of medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, and neurology.

Since 1997, he has served on the Johns Hopkins Hospital Ethics Service, participating in numerous ethics consults and helping to formulate hospital policy on issues ranging from futility to acceptance of philanthropic gifts.  On the Ethics Service, he is a member of the executive committee and chairs the subcommittee on ethics consultation standards.

From 1997 to 2002, Dr. Hughes served as a guest observer on the I.R.B. of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). In recent years, he has served as the ethics consultant on two different Data Safety and Monitoring Boards at the NHLBI.

Extracurricularly, Dr. Hughes is involved in several professional organizations.  He has been a member of the Society of General internal Medicine (SGIM) since 1996, and from 2001-2006, he was the organizer of the SGIM End of Life Interest Group.  From 2002 to 2004, he served as an Associate Editor at JGIM, the Journal of General Internal Medicine.  He has been involved in the research ethics organization Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) and its former adjunct, the Applied Research Ethics National Association (ARENA).   In ARENA, he served on the organization’s governing council as alternate or full representative for the Mid-Atlantic Region from 2001-2005 and was a faculty member at several national workshops.

Away from work, Dr. Hughes likes to garden and work around his home on various projects, trying to bring to fruition the grand vision of his homestead while taming the incessant natural habitat of vines and weeds. He likes cooking, cooking shows, travel, travel shows, and music of all kinds.

Favorite quotes: “Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.” (Albert Schweitzer); “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” (Yogi Berra); “Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.” (English proverb); “Keep calm and carry on.” (British World War II poster).


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